Stuff of the . . . Week?

Update: Yeah, so . . . I’ve been “bad.”  Long weekend, with Monday off, and I didn’t bother to do anything on the computer all that time.  Well . . . that’s not true.  I -did- play a rather lot of Plants vs. Zombies.  If you haven’t played it yet, check it out.  There’s a free demo for it, with 1 hour of play.  Trust me, it’s enough to get you hooked.

So, then, the work week.  Been pretty busy most of this week, and the other days where I wasn’t, I was chatting online with someone.  Not the best of news there, but I’m remaining confident.  So, some of my not updating any day this week except Friday, today, was part slacking and part being really busy with work stuff.  I want for stuff on the new product version to hurry the heck up, so we can shoehorn it out the door and then I can get the raise I’ve been assured will happen.  I can survive on what I’m being paid right now, but if I want to do interesting things, go places, have fun other than sitting at home watching tv/movies and playing too much WoW (I’ve done enough of that the last 5 years, thanks), I need more money.

So, I could probably make one heck of a mega post just devoted to catching things up from the last several days.  Screw that, here are the links:

Link of the Day: Google Wave

Spam of the Day: “cuttlefish”

Funny of the Day: Yes, and then cookies.

Pic of the Day: LeVar Burton is fucking awesome! (via @wilw)

Quote of the Day: “If there is no struggle, there is no progress.” – Frederick Douglass

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Update of the Day: Saw Terminator: Salvation last night.  Enh, it’s “OK.”  It’s not the piece of steaming crap Harry Knowles made it out to be, but it’s not really Good either.  The characters overall are kind of flat, just there for the most part.  The score was very lacking . . . nothing in the entire film had the impact of only brief usages of Brad Fiedel’s themes from the first two Terminator films.  The action and effects were pretty good, but they mostly lacked the kind of epic feel that I was sort of expecting.  You got that feeling a bit when viewing a couple of vista-like images of Skynet controlled San Francisco, but beyond that, meh.  Several of the humans were also just Plain Stupid. If they do continue this post-Judgement Day series on with another film or two, I hope for a lot more from the next one.  If this is a mediocre set up for some truly awesome, epic class stuff, then it can be passable as such.

Had a weird conversation with J last night.  Initiated by her, I wasn’t really feeling like talking to her much.  I think she’s kind of crazy, or else she’s having a grand time enjoying this bizarre drama she’s creating for herself.  Whatever.

Have a date tomorrow with K.  Very much looking forward to it.  Trying to come up with something interesting to vary a fairly standard date.  

Link of the Day: The Art of Levitation

Spam of the Day: “(The Fimble Fowl, with a corkscrew leg”

Funny of the Day: Window Shopping

Pic of the Day: That’s a sign you don’t see that often.

Quote of the Day: “Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.” – Mark Twain

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Update of the Day: So, yeah, no updates for the last few days, and nothing on the weekend.  Sorry.  Have been really unusually busy lately.  We worked late both Monday and Tuesday getting stuff ready for a software milestone yesterday.  I’ve had the thrilling joy of dealing with and fighting various Cisco applications – their standard IPSec VPN client doesn’t support 64 bit Windows, at all, and they have no plan of doing so, their ADSM remote management app for the firewall for the new server is buggy and breaks in a frustrating manner (just sits there spinning its wheels forever until it’s end-tasked) on any version of Java newer than 1.6 Update 7, and a whole host of minor little things.  All resolved, thus far, but extraordinarily time consuming.  

I also ran my Dad around for various vehicle rodeo tasks Monday and Tuesday as he was getting his truck worked on (mostly annual maintenance stuff) at Jimmy’s shop (World Class Automotive, I highly recommend him for any domestic or Japanese import work).  He sprung for lunch both days, and both Monday and Tuesday I was bad, breaking my diet repeatedly.  2 days of carb devouring, up 2 pounds.  Yeah, so I started back pretty severely limiting my carb intake yesterday.  

Monday night, I had a late, impromptu date with J . . . we went to a strip club, Jaguar’s Gold Club.  I hope their busier days/nights are better than Monday nights, because it was like a parade of some of the skinniest girls I’ve ever seen.  There were maybe 3 or 4 dancers there with honestly attractive bodies – seriously, there were half a dozen girls there that were just scary, like 12 year old heroin user girl, skinny.  They didn’t need to eat a sammich so much as a deli.  Then yesterday, after work, talking J on the phone . . . she tells me a lot of stuff that I probably should have been made aware of a lot earlier.  I’ve come to the conclusion that she has basically been using me for money (not too much, but still, principle involved) and ego boosts (a lot of there).  Rather irritating.

Went and visited Ivy and Kodi last night, we hung out and talked and tried some decent wine, 7 Deadly Zins, which Ivy wants me to write up a “an old-Joe-style review” for.  It might happen.

Link of the Day:  Top 50 Text Acronyms Parents Should Know

Spam of the Day: “Wake up your porkmonster”

Funny of the Day: “Tell all your friends their lunches are non-notable!”

Pic of the Day: I simply don’t have the words . . .

Quote of the Day: “To me, boxing is like a ballet, except there’s no music, no choreography and the dancers hit each other.” – sayings on Sports by Jack Handy

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Update of the Day: Plans: changed.  Date with K, tonight, not tomorrow.  Will probably abbreviate said date, to my dismay.  Still very much looking forward to it.

Finally heard something after a month of NOTHING from Goddess yesterday afternoon.  Not entirely happy, but very relieved to finally get some communication at all.

Drama from M last night.  Passive-aggressive hypocritical game crap.  Hope it’s done with.

Got a new toy last night, courtesy of Ivy and Kodi.  Haven’t figured out how to make iTunes cooperate with me entirely, but already enjoying it.

Link of the Day: Fish eats a DUCK!

Spam of the Day: “Wanted: ugly timeshares”

Funny of the Day: Why is it glowing?

Pic of the Day: Very funny.  Wait until you see what’s in your shoes tomorrow morning.

Quote of the Day: “that’s why i use a straw and blow bubbles in it first. or there is always wine bonging” – mtdewd (in response to a nutshell explanation of wine decanting)

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Update of the Day: I just didn’t get around to doing a post yesterday.  I thought about it at like, 4:30, and decided, “screw it.”  Had an appointment with Dr. Doctor yesterday.  Was, for her office, remarkably brief, only about 45 minutes including travel to and from.  Which means I only sat around waiting for about 25-30 minutes.  :/  She said my face and eye are looking much better, had some more blood drawn from me to check my testosterone levels again, I’m supposed to hear something next week (and if they’re still low, simply double-up on dosages on the Androgel until I see her next month to get a script for probably a higher dose gel).

Went over to Ivy’s last night to hang out and talk.  Was nice, but irritatingly interrupted by a visit by his sister-in-law, who was pretty drunk.  Obnoxiously so.  I can’t believe I was semi-interested in her at one time.  Certainly no more after last night.  Aside from the drunken obnoxiousness, I’ve seen more of her now than I think I ever wish to.  I know, I’ll probably be considered all stuffy, she was just drinking and trying to have a good time . . . but just being honest here.

I’m beginning to seriously suspect I may have gotten an entire defective batch of Ketosis sticks from Wal-mart.  Not a single one has showed even the slightest hint of pink or purple, and I know I’ve HAD to have been in ketosis lately, I’ve felt like it and I’ve lost weight.  Irritating. 

Looking forward to this weekend.  Hoping my date with K goes well.

Link of the Day: Woot.com – There’s a Woot-off today!

Spam of the Day: “need sleep?” – Yes.  Yes I do.

Funny of the DayThis seems like a potentially useful checklist.

Pic Vid of the Day: 2 Girls 1 Duck!

Quote of the Day: “The worst thing in the world is to try to sleep and not to.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Update of the Day: Played some WoW last night, for about 2 hours.  About all I could take of it.  Was so utterly bored that I went to HEB to pick up soda (Zero style) and Atkins bars and deli meats and provolone.  This was considered an entertaining diversion.  Happily, when I got back, K was online, and between chatting with her, and reading a new web comic I was introduced to recently, Dr McNinja, time passed considerably more quickly.

I’m in kind of a ‘blah” mood today.  So, screw categories.  Screw any more of an update.  On with the linkage.

Link of the Day: Cool/Unusual Cakes

Spam of the Day: “Get Your Jammies on!”

Funny of the Day: The Adventures of Dr. McNinja

Pic of the Day: That wasn’t in the brochure!

Quote of the Day: “To touch is to experience, but to feel is to live.” – Loren Klein

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Update of the Day: So, Friday/Saturday was an eventful evening, Saturday and Sunday, on the other hand, were not so much.  Saturday afternoon/night and Sunday afternoon were spent working on my main/gaming computer.  After a “security blanket” full backup via disc image was done (which took like 5 hours, Acronis True Image LIES on its time estimates!), I just went with the “oh, what the hell” option, blew away the boot drive entirely, and did a fresh new install of Windows 7 RC.  Then reinstalling stuff.  Lots of stuff.  I still don’t have several things back on there yet, but the machine is to the point of “mostly usable” for my requirements now.  Installed WoW, both expansions, patches (ugh, they need a 3.01 to 3.1 step-up patch), and got my Addons mostly back up to par . . . and then just didn’t feel like playing much.  

I like Win7.  Way better than Vista.  A few things that do require adapting to, but overall, it’s the easiest to set up version of Windows ever, and, for the most part, it just sorta works. I was especially happy when I stumbled upon the, ought to be fairly obvious but I just managed to miss it for a long time, option to Pin an app to the TaskBar (more or less making it like the old Quick Launch toolbar) so I could make Chrome stay down there nicely.

Friday night going well into Saturday morning . . . was certainly an eventful time filled with new experiences.  Much of which . . . I probably shouldn’t relate here.  I ended up in the course of the night visiting two clubs/bars I’ve never been to before, Basin Nights (where I was shanghai’d into singing karaoke, for the third time ever.  I mangled RHCP’s Under the Bridge), and Crossroads.  Crossroads . . . I’m not sure if it’s a GBLT full-time, or just on Friday nights, or just that night for some special event, or whatever.  It’s clientele wasn’t exclusively those of alternative sexuality, but whatever the case, honestly it was probably the most fun and interesting bar I’ve been in since I moved back to West Texas.  Met some new and interesting people.  One of which I saw get thrown out of Basin Nights for allegedly doing illegal things, which I suspect was mostly bullshit and was someone being petty and vindictive. But, whatever.  I also had women buying Me drinks that night, which is sort of a refreshing change.

Link of the Day: Elements from Blizzard Games Done in Lego

Spam of the Day: “Don’t look inside” – This seems oddly counterproductive to me.  

Funny of the Day: “My insides!  They’re on fire!”

Pic of the Day: Move along.

Quote of the Day: “At that point in the morning making that kind of decision and doing that kind of math is like asking someone with downs syndrome to perform brain surgery: Difficult, at best.” – Name Withheld by Giggling Request

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Update of the Day: So, last night, saw Star Trek. It was very good.  I’m not quite going to go with Awesome, but it was very fun, very enjoyable.  They did some smart things with the story so that everything of the previous Star Trek series and films are all valid, but they can move forward with more movies with the new cast and allow them to do different things. I highly recommend it.

Aside from just seeing the movie, it was also a first date with a very attractive blond I’ve been chatting with for a few days.  We snuggled, and throughout the movie there was plenty of non-verbal, tactile and sensual flirting.  Afterwards, we hit up Chili’s, and then went for a walk and quiet time at a park.  It was a very good date, I enjoyed it immensely, and she seems to have as well and I think we’re both looking for a second date.  The sooner the better for me.

Overslept this morning.  Again.  Late to work.  Not good.  HAVE to find a good place that I can effectively place a clock radio alarm so that I’ll hear it well enough but that I have to get OUT of bed to go shut the blasted thing off, and fix that.  Really need to not have this happen again.

Link of the Day: European research: Americans are fat because we simply eat too much.

Spam of the Day: “Let Accai Berry imporve your health” – The misspellings (and not being for penis growth/ED meds) made this choice for me.

Funny of the Day: Bible Loophole

Pic of the Day: Too cute.

Quote of the Day: “No matter how happily a woman may be married, it always pleases her to discover that there is a nice man who wishes that she were not.” – Henry Louis Mencken

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Update of the Day: Managed the “ignore the alarm that I know means I really need to get up and start getting ready for work and various and sundry stuff, and roll back over in bed” thing this morning.  Actually got up/out of bed at 7:46 a.m. Still made it in the door at 8:00 a.m.  A couple of minutes later than I’d really prefer to be here – James goes with the “If you’re on time, you’re already late” idea.  I rushed quite a bit, and flat out skipped a few things.  Going to have to do a proper job of things this afternoon when I prepare for my movie date.  For STAR TREK!

Lunch was grilled mahi mahi.  I’m not certain if I’ve ever had mahi mahi before.  It was good.  Almost a buttery taste to it.  Mahi mahi is win.

Link of the Day: FWhyMe.com

Spam of the Day: “Wiping good off the shelves”

Funny of the Day: War on Drugs

Pic of the Day: Awesome shot of Cartagena, Colombia

Quote of the Day: “Faith is not trying to believe something regardless of the evidence: faith is daring to do something regardless of the consequences.”  – Sherwood Eddy

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Update of the Day: Totally blew my diet today at lunch.  Had to – my dad IM’d me asking if I had plans for lunch yet.  Invited me to go meet him at Kuo’s for lunch.  Heck, can’t say no to that.

Was late to work this morning.  Really aggravating, because not only have I been trying to rather make a point of not letting that happen again, I even went to bed early last night.  I was falling asleep at like 10:30, and slept pretty solidy throughout the night.  Dunno what happened this morning, I have very vague memories of an alarm, and then next thing I know, a meowing cat at 5 minutes before I’m supposed to be at work.  Not good.

Got a movie date tomorrow night for Star Trek.  🙂

Link of the Day: Peter Dinklage to play Tyrion Lannister!  Oh, also, they found some guy to direct.

Spam of the Day: “Drop your pants with “I know I’m the best” look.”

Funny of the Day: Ask an Asian

Pics of the Day: Some awesome photos by Mark Seliger

Quote of the Day: “Those of us who refuse to risk and grow get swallowed up by life.”  – Patty Hansen

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